GREAT VALLEY - Francis V. Boles, 87, formerly of Tonawanda, passed away Friday (Jan. 4, 2013) at the Pines in Machias. Recently, she resided with her daughter in Great Valley.
Born Oct. 9, 1925, in Scenery Hill, Pa., she was the daughter of Charles and Rose (Russell) Fulton. On Sept. 5, 1947, she married Paul E. Boles of Washington, Pa., who predeceased her in 1993.
Mrs. Boles is survived by a daughter, Barbara (Mark) Ward of Great Valley; two grandchildren, Justin of Allegany and Vanessa of Los Angeles; a brother, Charles W. Fulton of Washington, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by three sisters, Mildred Kurek, Florence Higgins and Hazel Danley, all of Washington, Pa.
Retiring in 1988 from Sears as a credit supervisor, she then worked at Jenns, the Erie County Clerk's Office and briefly the town of Tonawanda Recreation Department. Mrs. Boles was a 50 year member of the Kenmore Baptist Church, serving many capacities, most recently on the Deconess Committee. She was a true Bills fan and an avid bowler, belonging to the church Senior Bowling league and serving as secretary for many years. She was also a former member of the Arthur Temple No. 19, Daughters of the Nile. During her stay in the Southern Tier, Mrs. Boles belonged to the Great Valley Senior Citizens and attended the Great Valley Baptist Church.
Frances was known for her active involvement in the town of Tonawanda Democratic Party. She served as a committee member for more than 20 years and was a member of the executive committee, serving as vice president. Mrs. Boles' service and commitment were recognized in 1994 when the town of Tonawanda Democratic Party named her "Woman of the Year." Her "Achievements and Community Volunteer Contributions" were recognized by the Erie County Legislature in 2007.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lester Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 9, 2013) at the Kenmore Baptist Church, 10 Wardman Road, Kenmore. Interment will be in the Washington Cemetery, Washington, Pa.